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  Topic: Honey and brood comb mixed
jsallington

Replies: 3
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:07 pm   Subject: Honey and brood comb mixed
Thanks,
My hive is around 4' long and has the entrance at one side. Since I posted this they FINALLY started filling up entire frames at the back end of the hive. I was getting a little concerned b ...
  Topic: Honey and brood comb mixed
jsallington

Replies: 3
Views: 2049

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 5:49 pm   Subject: Honey and brood comb mixed
I've had hTBH's for the past four years and I feel like my hives are getting more mixed up as the years go on. It seems like all the tops of the comb have honey for the first 3-5 inches then it switc ...
  Topic: What happens when your top bar hive is full?
jsallington

Replies: 2
Views: 1710

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 09, 2016 2:54 pm   Subject: What happens when your top bar hive is full?
This is my 3rd year of keeping bees and I haven't had this problem yet but I can see it coming. There is not much more space in the hives for them to build, I've only collected 1 frame of honey from ...
  Topic: Might be crazy but what the hell
jsallington

Replies: 6
Views: 3072

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon May 02, 2016 7:02 pm   Subject: Might be crazy but what the hell
Can anyone confirm if you can see the pics?
Yes I see the pictures.

Always good to see other ways to have bees.
You plan to visit with a micro camera?

I hadn't planned that before but I am n ...
  Topic: Might be crazy but what the hell
jsallington

Replies: 6
Views: 3072

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon May 02, 2016 5:37 pm   Subject: Might be crazy but what the hell
Can anyone confirm if you can see the pics?
  Topic: Might be crazy but what the hell
jsallington

Replies: 6
Views: 3072

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon May 02, 2016 4:54 pm   Subject: Might be crazy but what the hell
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  Topic: Might be crazy but what the hell
jsallington

Replies: 6
Views: 3072

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon May 02, 2016 4:53 pm   Subject: Might be crazy but what the hell
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  Topic: Might be crazy but what the hell
jsallington

Replies: 6
Views: 3072

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon May 02, 2016 4:52 pm   Subject: Might be crazy but what the hell
Here I'll try to post photo's again...
  Topic: Might be crazy but what the hell
jsallington

Replies: 6
Views: 3072

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon May 02, 2016 4:48 pm   Subject: Might be crazy but what the hell
So I made this the other day. Any thoughts? I rubbed the inside with wax and put some starter bars in there. Anyway if it doesn't work, oh well, I made it from scrap wood and a log. It cost me abo ...
  Topic: Low Population of a hive
jsallington

Replies: 10
Views: 3246

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon May 02, 2016 2:07 pm   Subject: Low Population of a hive
They have plenty of honey, I've been feeding them but they haven't really made much of an attempt to eat it. Thanks Rob, it is in a top bar hive so I could move the end plate over to reduce the overa ...
  Topic: Low Population of a hive
jsallington

Replies: 10
Views: 3246

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 4:11 pm   Subject: Low Population of a hive
I made it through winter with both of my hives in NE Wisconsin. One of my hives made it no problem. The other hive has seriously low numbers. Only enough bees to cover a comb or two. I found the q ...
  Topic: Chop method on Nucs (Help Please)
jsallington

Replies: 2
Views: 3373

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:27 pm   Subject: Chop method on Nucs (Help Please)
Thanks, I like the heavy wire idea, very neat and simplistic. My real problem is with the plastic frames that I have. I don't think you can cut the center out of them. It is like they have a perman ...
  Topic: Chop method on Nucs (Help Please)
jsallington

Replies: 2
Views: 3373

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:35 pm   Subject: Chop method on Nucs (Help Please)
Last night I moved my bees from one of my lang nucs to my HTBH. I had actually built a second story to my nuc to allow the bees to start building on bars before I did the transfer. I had two full ba ...
  Topic: Ants!!!
jsallington

Replies: 10
Views: 10060

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:29 pm   Subject: Ants!!!
Thanks for the hints all, I used cinnamon sticks to prop up my nuc and spread cinnamon powder around the cinder blocks that support the nucs and that seems to have fixed it. I did make the transfer t ...
  Topic: Ants!!!
jsallington

Replies: 10
Views: 10060

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:33 pm   Subject: Ants!!!
I have not been feeding for several weeks. They were a big red ant that will pinch the cr@p* out of my hands if I get them on me. Additionally I saw them pulling dead bees out of the nuc. I don't kn ...
  Topic: Ants!!!
jsallington

Replies: 10
Views: 10060

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 7:10 pm   Subject: Ants!!!
I just started with 2 nucs this year. They are doing great except I have a ton of ants crawling around the hive. 1st is this a problem and 2nd if it is how do I stop it. I don't really want to use ...
  Topic: Screen for the bottom of a hTBH???
jsallington

Replies: 2
Views: 2942

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:58 pm   Subject: Screen for the bottom of a hTBH???
Thanks for the tip! I figured out that Wallmart gets it from ToolKing so I looked up their site (ToolKing.com) and found a 4' x 10' roll for $27 plus the $7 for shipping. This way I don't have any s ...
  Topic: Screen for the bottom of a hTBH???
jsallington

Replies: 2
Views: 2942

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:19 pm   Subject: Screen for the bottom of a hTBH???
Does anyone have a good source for screen for the bottom of the hive. They say in the plans to use a screen w/ a 1/8" (~3mm) opening. I can find 1/4" (~6.4mm) or a much tighter window scre ...
  Topic: First hive
jsallington

Replies: 8
Views: 10207

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 4:16 pm   Subject: First hive
Thanks for the tip on the feeder. I will move the feeder to the back of the hive so anything that wants to rob it will have to go through the entire hive. I put the entrance off to one side of the h ...
  Topic: First hive
jsallington

Replies: 8
Views: 10207

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:40 pm   Subject: First hive
Also if you look at the photo's you'll notice that I have a feeder in the beginning of the hive.
  Topic: Swarm trap locations?
jsallington

Replies: 5
Views: 6110

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:35 pm   Subject: Swarm trap locations?
Thanks for the input. I grow Lemon balm, it is very similar to lemon grass and very potent. Can I smear that on the trap or should I get the oil?
  Topic: First hive
jsallington

Replies: 8
Views: 10207

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:31 pm   Subject: First hive
Thanks for all the input, yes sorry it is a top bar hive and I am about to start making a second. I posted pictures in the photo's section if anyone is interested. As of right now I am talking to a ...
  Topic: My first hive!!
jsallington

Replies: 6
Views: 7318

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:02 pm   Subject: My first hive!!
I wasn't planning on coating it. It's cedar so its not going to rot. I was planning on rubbing the inside down with bees wax, and dripping some wax on the top bars. Any other recommendations on pre ...
  Topic: First hive
jsallington

Replies: 8
Views: 10207

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:57 pm   Subject: First hive
So I just finished my hive. Is there anything I need to do before I get bees? Or do I just buy the bees and dump them in? I read I should rub the hive with wax and drip it on my top bars. Are ther ...
  Topic: My first hive!!
jsallington

Replies: 6
Views: 7318

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:01 pm   Subject: My first hive!!
Thanks, that mesh on the ground is from something else. Actually I used an aluminum mesh from McMastercar.com but it cost me $30 plus shipping. I'm getting some other stainless steel mesh quoted fro ...
  Topic: My first hive!!
jsallington

Replies: 6
Views: 7318

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:24 pm   Subject: My first hive!!
Just finished it. Finding a good screen with 1/8" holes was very difficult. If anybody has a good source for screen let me know. Anyway this is my first hive. I'm starting on my second now. ...
  Topic: Swarm trap locations?
jsallington

Replies: 5
Views: 6110

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:19 pm   Subject: Swarm trap locations?
I was planning on putting out a few traps and was just wondering about the best place to put them. I will be setting up my first two hives on my property near a creek and a few apple trees and some g ...
  Topic: Corny Joke
jsallington

Replies: 10
Views: 15066

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:11 pm   Subject: Uggg
I can't bee leave I read all those... Some of those really stung-k
  Topic: USDA grants
jsallington

Replies: 1
Views: 4148

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:04 pm   Subject: USDA grants
Just a FYI under the new farm bill that passed there is a USDA grant you can get where they pay you if you plant certain bee friendly plants on your property!!
 
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